Short gems from E. Prentiss-Part 2

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Short pithy gems from Elizabeth Prentiss (1818–1878)

It is sweet to be in the sunshine of the Master’s smile–but I believe our souls need winter, as well as summer.

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I have lived to see that God never was so good to me–as when He seemed most severe.

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To love Christ more is my deepest need, and the constant cry of my soul!

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I am a wayward, foolish child–but He loves me!
I have disobeyed and grieved Him ten thousand times–but He loves me!
I have lost faith in some of my dearest friends and am very desolate–but He loves me!
I do not love Him much–but He loves me!

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If a glimpse of our Savior here on earth can be so refreshing and delightful–then what will Heaven be?

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Lay down this principle as a law: God does nothing arbitrary. If He ​allows your health​ to be taken away​, for instance, it is because He has some reason for doing so. This is true of everything you value, and if you have real faith in Him, you will not insist on knowing this reason.

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All your tears will soon be wiped away. You will see the King in His beauty. You will see Christ your Redeemer, and realize all He is, and all He has done for you. As I think of these things my soul is in haste to be gone!

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Those words, “daily nearer God,” have an inexpressible charm for me. I long for such nearness to Him that all other objects shall fade into comparative insignificance.

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I believe that there is no happiness on earth, to be compared with that of losing all things to possess Christ!

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  1. CH

    I really like, “Lay down this principle as a law: God does nothing arbitrary. If He ​allows your health​ to be taken away​, for instance, it is because He has some reason for doing so. This is true of everything you value, and if you have real faith in Him, you will not insist on knowing this reason.” God is intentional; I am his child; He loves me; therefore, I need not know why. I only need to love Him back, every day, in all things. Thanks for sharing these wonderful gems!

  2. aj

    I have to remind myself of that frequently, especially on bad pain days or when nothing seems to go right and I realize He really does have everything under control…I’m just along for the ride! And what a ride it is!!! Thanks for sharing! aj

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